“Pretty as she drowns and ruined when she resurfaces.”
That completely captures the life of Willow Avery. Willow is a child star… the kind that people make jokes of. She let the fame and money take control of her life and made some really bad choices. She has had no structure or parenting in her life and it’s apparent upon her release. Immediately she’s thrust back into the life of an actress… immediately having to attend a meeting with a producer that wants her for a remake of the surfer movie ‘Tidal’.
She meets Cooper at this meeting. He’s Australian, gorgeous and confident and one the best surfers around, and he’s going to be training Willow. His cocky attitude grates on Willow and she doesn’t know what exactly to make of him.
In fact I didn’t know what to make of him or her. They had this instant attraction, which I can understand, but there was a lot of back and forth in the beginning of the story, him pushing for more than backing up… her pushing for more, then backing up. It was giving me whiplash.
Both Cooper and Willow have secrets that they haven’t shared with each other, and I truly liked Cooper’s ability to look past the reputation that Willow had and see her for who she really is.
“Stop jumping to conclusion,” he said, his jaw tightening. “I don’t care what you’ve done in the past, okay? I’m worried about what’s going to happen in the future.”
It’s obvious that Willow has had no one in her life who supports her as they should have. Her parents are off on vacation or rarely present unless something happens that could impact her livelihood… more concerned with her reputation for acting purposes only. So I really enjoyed her interaction with Miller, her bodyguard.
“And now you’re going to fire me.”
“Nope. I’m trying to keep from hugging you for giving a fuck.”
While I enjoyed this book, I didn’t love love it. But if you’re looking for a hot surfer with somewhat emotionally charged drama and angst, this might just be the book for you. This is considered new adult so there is a bit of steaminess to this book…I think I’d have liked a bit more.